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Originally Posted by 66racer View Post

I missed some of the earlier conversation, what bios were you on before the downgrade?

Went from 3402 to 0403. If you have a Sandy Bridge CPU and like to overclock it you may consider to downgrade your bios.

After the downgrade all my stability problems are disappeared. It was impossible to downgrade the BIOS without CodeRush 's method.
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Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan View Post

Well in reading the various posts in the ROG Forum Thread I linked, I was under the assumption that Lucid Virtu MVP required interaction with the onboard chipset and BIOS to function, and that ASUS would have to PAY a License FEE to Lucid for this ... therefore they would NOT update older Boards, like our Z68's with a BIOS that would allow Lucid Virtu MVP ... though they have licensed it for the NEWER Max V Gene Z77 board, so that BIOS on the Z77 boards works fine with Lucid Virtu MVP. So I came away with it being NO, you couldn't get it to work ? However maybe I misunderstood it ? and heck I don't really get the basic VIRTU we have on our Gene Z68, and how to get it to work properly either though ... when you READ the description of WHAT it can do and how it should help, well everything sounds like Rainbows and PuppyDogTails ... then you try to activate it and implement it ... and crash bang boom ... what the heck is this junk ? wink.gif

Thanks for the confirmation.
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kevindd992002, i think it is better to wait for ASUS to make BIOS update with new ME version, like they made for Z77 series 2 weeks ago, and then flash it with upd_all.bat, because you can be sure, that ASUS have tested BIOS with that ME version and they are compatible with each other. You can update ME before new BIOS version come out, but you take all risks of incompatibility between old BIOS version and new ME version to yourself. It's easy to flash older ME version with upd_me.bat, so you can try ME 8.1, and if any issues you don't like will emerge, revert back to good old ME 8.0. It's up to you, you can wait ot you can experiment now.

Oh, right. How does using upd_all.bat differ from flashing a new BIOS with the BIOS EZFlash?
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EZ Flash and any other ASUS tool flashes only BIOS region. Descriptor, ME and GbE are untouched. upd_all.bat flashes all BIOS regions. It's interesting that ASUS has updated ME and GbE in lates BIOS files for Z77 board, but hasn't released a tool to flash that update properly. upd_all.bat is that tool from me.
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EZ Flash and any other ASUS tool flashes only BIOS region. Descriptor, ME and GbE are untouched. upd_all.bat flashes all BIOS regions. It's interesting that ASUS has updated ME and GbE in lates BIOS files for Z77 board, but hasn't released a tool to flash that update properly. upd_all.bat is that tool from me.

Oh ok, but if ASUS released that BIOS for the Z77 board, how did it direct users to update using that file? Which program do the Z77 users use if you didn't release upd_all.bat?
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Intel Flash Programming Tool (which is used by upd_all.bat internally), flashrom or SPI programmer.
EZ Flash/ASUS Update/BUpdater/USB BIOS Flashback are capable of updating BIOS region properly (I mean, preserving board data such as MB serial number, UUID, Dolby DTS UltraPC key, MAC-address of integrated LANs or SLIC pubkey and marker).
Flashing unmodified BIOS file with any hardware or software SPI programmer leads to loosing that data. I have made an FD44Editor utility to restore lost data, that can be found on stickers on the board.
ME can be updated to 8.1 with newly released ASUS ME 8.1 Updating Tool.
GbE can't be updated with any ASUS tool for now on, AFAIK.

upd_all.bat is working this way:
1. It makes BIOS backup using Intel FPT named backup.bin
2. My FD44Copier utility copies data from that backup to supplied factory BIOS file.
3. Modified file is flashed to SPI chip by Intel FPT.

Both utilities are opensource ***PL-licensed and available on github.com
Edited by CodeRush - 9/18/12 at 9:08am
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Intel Flash Programming Tool (which is used by upd_all.bat internally), flashrom or SPI programmer.
EZ Flash/ASUS Update/BUpdater/USB BIOS Flashback are capable of updating BIOS region properly (I mean, preserving board data such as MB serial number, UUID, Dolby DTS UltraPC key, MAC-address of integrated LANs or SLIC pubkey and marker).
Flashing unmodified BIOS file with any hardware or software SPI programmer leads to loosing that data. I have made an FD44Editor utility to restore lost data, that can be found on stickers on the board.
ME can be updated to 8.1 with newly released ASUS ME 8.1 Updating Tool.
GbE can't be updated with any ASUS tool for now on, AFAIK.
upd_all.bat is working this way:
1. It makes BIOS backup using Intel FPT named backup.bin
2. My FD44Copier utility copies data from that backup to supplied factory BIOS file.
3. Modified file is flashed to SPI chip by Intel FPT.
Both utilities are opensource ***PL-licensed and available on github.com

Ok, so in essence upd_all.bat flashes everything. Are there also Gbe ROMs out there that are used for flashing to the latest version?
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redface.gif ya'll a bunch of geeks* glasses-smiley02.png and I don't understand a word you're saying headscratch.gif ... lol  ... can someone translate this into english, non tech geek english that is thumb.gif thanks.

 

 

 

 

* I don't mean that in a BAD way btw wink.gif


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redface.gif  ya'll a bunch of geeks* nerdsmiley.png-s  and I don't understand a word you're saying headscratch.gif  ... lol  ... can someone translate this into english, non tech geek english that is thumb.gif  thanks.







You're not the only one. Most wouldn't admit it on a public forum.

I don't have that fear........ so big deal, i'm NOT a rocket scientist
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kevindd992002, you can wait for ASUS to make new BIOS version with updated GbE, or you can do it manually, using any new Z77 BIOS as a source.
I see that our conversation is a bit hard to understand, so if you are really interested in updating GbE manually - send me PM. smile.gif
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went from 3402 to 0403
instantly temps of all 4 cores lowered 10-12F
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redface.gif  ya'll a bunch of geeks* nerdsmiley.png-s  and I don't understand a word you're saying headscratch.gif  ... lol  ... can someone translate this into english, non tech geek english that is thumb.gif  thanks.

Thanks for the info guys, Im still on 3203 and seem ok, Im at 4.8ghz but interesting that temps went down for one of you guys. I might consider going back to 0403 since I havent seen any changes in the recent bios', think it has all been ivy related stuff.



* I don't mean that in a BAD way btw wink.gif

I agree with you lol.

So basically if I reinstall 0403 using the usb flash through the bios am I getting a true 0403 install? Im a little lost at to the need for the tool since to my knowledge I was able to downgrade with the usb flash. I dont care to get the z77 updated stuff unless it will make a HUGE difference in OC potential, I wouldnt mind 5.0ghz on decent volts biggrin.gif (+ 70F ambient temps upstairs would be nice rolleyes.gif )
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